The diverse challenges that clinicians and children's workers tasked with safeguarding babies and young children face are complex, and this unique book looks at effective, practice-based and evidence-informed approaches to working across a wide range of issues.
It outlines relevant theory and good practice, gathering case examples from around the world to illustrate what interventions look like in direct practice. Leading contributors address a wide range of challenges, including babies and very young children who have a serious illness, have complex diagnoses, or have been exposed to violence or adversity in early childhood.
This is an essential guide for those who work to support and safeguard the welfare of babies and very young children, including professionals in health care, social work, mental health and child protection settings, as well as paediatricians, child psychologists and child psychiatrists.
This book is an invaluable resource for everyone interested in infant mental health. Its wide-ranging chapters offer Insights into many areas of intervention. Most impressively, it keeps its focus firmly on the infant and young child, emphasising that their needs and experience cannot and should not be overlooked. A welcome addition to the literature. Author: Biddy Youell. Child Psychotherapist. Tavistock Clinic.
"I love the book! It is filled with richly detailed case studies and much wisdom! - Julie A. Larrieu, Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
The book is amazing and so beautifully written. - Deborah J. Weatherston, PhD, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.
"The volume gives the reader a remarkable glimpse of the state of infants, young children and their families from around the world. Although the experiences described differ, the strategies offered by contributors are solidly focused on the social and emotional needs of very young children within the context of nurturing relationships for health and healing. This book is a must read for each of us in the infant and early childhood mental health community as we struggle to reduce grave risks of disorders of infancy and support the wellbeing of all children in face of conflict and crisis. In sum, the volume heralds an international focus on the importance of infancy as a significant period that is in reality an urgent plea to policy makers, program developers and providers to respond with services that will hold babies and families in mind around the world. It is a valuable resource for those new as well as those more seasoned in the art of infant and early childhood mental health." Author: Deborah J. Weatherston, Associate Editor, WAIMH Perspectives.
"I love the book! It is filled with richly detailed case studies and much wisdom! In this accessible and compelling volume, Bunston and Jones have brought together international experts to give voice to infants who have experienced adversity and trauma. The book, which provides sensitive and enlightening clinical vignettes, is an invaluable resource in preparing clinicians and practitioners new to the field, as well as in deepening the understanding and practice of established providers.
Author: Julie A. Larrieu, Ph.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana USA
This book will prove a source of inspiration, understanding and support to all who work with this neglected group. It provides a reflective, empathic approach to problems of both workers and clients and is packed with practical suggestions and vivid case illustrations. Author: Juliet Hopkins